Cleaning our air and fighting global warming

Exhaust from cars and trucks pollutes our air and contributes to climate change. Dirty air from vehicles makes tens of thousands of Californians sick, and costs us billions in avoidable health costs. Dependence on oil means Californians have no place to turn when gas prices rise. Transitioning to cleaner and more efficient cars, trucks and buses will benefit every Californian.

Charging ahead with a strong coalition of allies

That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to place one million light, medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles on California’s roads over the next ten years and ensure that all Californians, especially lower income households in communities most impacted by air pollution, benefit from zero tailpipe emissions. Together with our partners—the Coalition for Clean Air, Communities for a Better Environment, The Greenlining Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council—we celebrated the launch of the Charge Ahead California campaign in November 2013.

Now we’re working with our allies to direct current polluter fees on oil companies to fund existing, highly successful purchase incentive programs and to increase access to zero-emission transportation in disadvantaged communities.

Together, we can lead the clean vehicle revolution

Reducing air pollution, improving our heath and saving money. The benefits of transitioning to cleaner vehicles are tremendous, but we’re up against the oil industry, which wants to keep us addicted to their dirty fuel. We need your support to push past the oil industry and charge ahead to a cleaner, healthier future for all Californians. Join our campaign by taking action online now!

Issue updates

News Release | Environment California

Senators Boxer and Feinstein Applauded for Opposing Big Oil Bailout

As the damage escalates from the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Environment California applauded Senators Boxer and Feinstein today for voting against legislation that would have blocked new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil.

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News Release | Environment California

Senators Boxer and Feinstein Applauded for Opposing Big Oil Bailout

As the damage escalates from the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Environment California applauded Senators Boxer and Feinstein today for voting against legislation that would have blocked new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil.

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News Release | Environment California

New Analysis: U.S. Senate Proposal Would Increase California’s Oil Dependence by 62 Million Gallons, Cost Consumers $187 Million

California—As oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico and just days before a major U.S. Senate vote on legislation that would block new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil, a new analysis finds that the Senate measure would increase California’s dependence on oil by more than 62 million gallons in 2016.

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News Release | Environment California

New Analysis: U.S. Senate Proposal Would Increase California’s Oil Dependence by 62 Million Gallons, Cost Consumers $187 Million

As oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico and just days before a major U.S. Senate vote on legislation that would block new rules requiring cars and light trucks to use less oil, a new analysis finds that the Senate measure would increase California’s dependence on oil by more than 62 million gallons in 2016.  The binding resolution, introduced by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, also would cost Californians $187 million at the gas pump in 2016.

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News Release | Environment America

Obama’s Push for Clean Vehicles Will Help Cut Demand for Oil

Washington, DC—President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum today in a Rose Garden ceremony that will help to move the country away from oil, cut global warming pollution and save Americans money at the gas pump by putting cleaner cars and trucks on the road.

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